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Nigeria to act on Bakassi attacks

12 April 2013, 10:21

Abuja - The Federal Government will trigger international protocols to protect Nigerians in the Bakassi Peninsula from being harassed by Cameroonian gendarmes.

The Bakassi area of Nigeria was ceded to Cameroun following an International Court of Justice judgment which held that the area rightfully belong to Cameroun.

Since the ceding, there have been reported attacks on Nigerian residents in the area by the Cameroonian gendarmes.

Addressing journalists after the meeting of the Presidential Committee on the plight of the Displaced Bakassi People, the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, said the Nigerian government was studying reports on the attacks and would take appropriate action to remedy the situation soon.

”As a good player on the international scene, Nigeria has subscribed to the Green Tree Agreement and on our own part we will continue to abide by the provisions of the agreement.

“For one reason or the other, resulting from skirmishes here and there, the Cameroonian Gendarmes have attacked some innocent Nigerians.

”That report, is being presented to government and the Nigerian government will take appropriate action to redress the situation,” he said.

Moro called on the people of Bakassi to remain calm as government was determined to ensure that they are not left to their fate as government was taking every step to ensure their safety in the peninsula.

On the activities of the Presidential Committee on the Displaced Bakassi People, the minister said an interim progress report has been presented to the Vice President Namadi Sambo.

The final report will be ready soon.

“I think at the moment we should not be attempting to segment solutions.

The present crisis that we find in Bakassi is a Nigerian crisis and the Nigerian Government is taking every step in conjunction with State Governments to address the situation."

 - CAJ News


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